The telling of stories and the re-telling of stories is foundational to our lives. We hear and tell the Good News stories of our salvation to others as did Philip to the Eunuch of Candice (St. John 6:40-44).
We hear the stories of history and re-tell them to others in fiction or in reports. Shakespeare was a master of re-telling history through drama as a way also to reveal the human heart and entertain simultaneously. We need to practice telling stories so we don’t endlessly meander as a tired river seeking the ocean, or lose sight of the point as one lost in a thick forest of facts
We are often telling the children so many things. It is good to sit back and let them re-tell the story to us. What would they and what would we say if someone asked us to tell them about Jesus Christ? Where should we begin and what should we say? I’ll tell you a story and then you tell me one and in this way we will share our understanding. Being able to digest facts and impressions of our studies, synthesize what we glean and tell a coherent, comprehensible and engaging story is a skill that would benefit all types of communication. Tell me a story please!